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Omar Bongo
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Bongo in 1973
2nd President of Gabon
In office
2 December 1967 – 8 June 2009
Prime Minister Léon Mébiame
Casimir Oyé-Mba
Paulin Obame-Nguema
Jean-François Ntoutoume Emane
Jean Eyeghe Ndong
Vice President Léon Mébiame
Didjob Divungi Di Ndinge
Preceded by Léon M'ba
Succeeded by Rose Francine Rogombé
2nd Vice-President of Gabon
In office
12 November 1966 – 2 December 1967
President Léon M'ba
Preceded by Paul-Marie Yembit
Succeeded by Léon Mébiame
Personal details
Born
Albert-Bernard Bongo

(1935-12-30)30 December 1935
Lewai, French Equatorial Africa (now Bongoville, Gabon)
Died 8 June 2009(2009-06-08) (aged 73)
Barcelona, Spain
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Louise Mouyabi Moukala (1957–1959)
Patience Dabany (1959–1987)
Edith Lucie Bongo (1989–2009)
Children 30+ (by various partners), including Ali Bongo Ondimba
Military service
Allegiance  France
Branch/service French Air Force
Rank Captain

El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba (born Albert-Bernard Bongo; 30 December 1935 – 8 June 2009) was a Gabonese politician who was President of Gabon for 42 years, from 1967 until his death in 2009. He was promoted to key positions as a young official under Gabon's first President Léon M'ba in the 1960s, before being elected Vice-President in his own right in 1966. In 1967, he succeeded M'ba to become the second President of Gabon, upon the latter's death.

Bongo died in hospital from a heart attack on 8 June 2009 in Barcelona, aged 73.



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